Tuesday 29 May 2012

Deep Cliff, Harden -
Whitethroat, breeding GSW plus distant call of Cuckoo probably from Harden Moor.
Shaun Radcliffe

Bradup -
Lapwing & chicks. 2 Snipe, one drumming.

Whetstone Allotment -
male Stonechat, male Whinchat, Kestrel, 3 Curlew
Graham Forsyth

Keighley Res
Curlews with young; 1 Wheatear; and a bizzare sighting of a Grey Partridge running at a Brown Hare!  there were two partridges walking across a short grassed field with no chicks in tow but when the hare walked closeby the male partidge ran at it and chased it away.
I Hargreaves

28th May 2012

Cuckoo calling on Shipley Golf Course today about 12.30

A Jospehs

Steeton - Whitethroat, Blackcaps

M Doveston

Sunday 27 May 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 41 species recorded including Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, LTT with young.
Fred Drake et al

East Riddlesden Hall
Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Sand Martins, Swallows, House Martins, Swifts,
Willow Warbler, Bullfinch,
Butterflies; Peacock, Orange-tip, Large White
Large Red Damselfly mating
M & L Doveston

Saturday continued

9:45 am Sunnydale Reservoir. 5 Barn Swallow, Willow Warbler. Wood adjacent to reservoir  Woodcock. 3 Curlew in field adjacent to wood.

Graham Forsyth

26th May 2012

East Riddlesden Hall 07.00-09.00
Kingfisher - several sightings during visit,
Goosander female with downy young
Sand Martins, Swallows, House Martin, Swifts,
Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting,
Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Jay

M Doveston, S Hollingdrake et al

St.Ives - crepuscular walk 20.00-22.20
Woodcock - minimum of 3 roding birds over Heather Park,
Daubenton's Bats over Coppice Pond,
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler,
Jay, Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Swifts,

M Doveston, J Roberts et al

Catch Up!

Been away for a few days so apologises for this old sighting.
Tuesday 22 May - Leeshaw Res. Cuckoo, 2 Grey Partridge
Brian Vickers

25th May 2012

Knotford Nook
Tufted Duck 3m1f, Garden Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1m, Mandarin 1m1f, Great spotted Woodpecker 2, Oystercatcher 4, Goosander 1f, Kingfisher 1, Reed Bunting 1m, Great Crested Grebe 1
Speckled Wood, Peacock, Orange Tip plus 1000+ Common Blue Damselfly (including a good few drab form females)

P Matthews

23rd May 2012

Storiths am
Cuckoo, Curlew, Oystercatche,r Mistle Thrush,
 Redstart, Nuthatch, GSWdpkr

Bradup pm
Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Lapwing, Curlew
P Croft

Monday 21st May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon
Another seven Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course at 7.30am. Since the 4th May, 116 Wheatears have been recorded here.
Paul King.

East Riddlesden Hall
Oystercatchers flying over long after dark
M Doveston

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sedge Warbler (at last), 3 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, female Bullfinch, Reed Bunting plus 50 Swift.
Shaun Radcliffe
Barden Scale, - Osprey, 3 Cuckoo's ( In the air together close to the watchpoint )
Brian Vickers

Sunday 20th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon
The passage of Wheatears continued with 12 birds in three groups spread over three fairways.  A post-breeding flock of over 400 Starlings were taking advantage of the conditions.
Paul King

St.Ives 0700-0930
Tree Pipit singing behind Lady Blantyre's Rock,
Wood Warbler singing in Racecourse Plantation,
Garden Warbler singing below Cross Gates Barn,
Spotted Flycatcher below Cross Gates Barn,
Numerous Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,
Nutchatches, Treecreepers, GSWdpkrs, Swallow,
Pair of Tufted Duck on Coppice Pond
Canada Geese & Mallards with downy young

M Doveston, J Roberts

Harden Moor - Keighley Rd carpark
Redpoll display flight, Meadow Pipits,
Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Willow Warblers

M Doveston

Slippery Ford
Two Wheatears, Little Owl, also Cuckoo calling throughout from valley leading down from Slippery Ford to Newshome Dene.

I Hargreaves

Saturday 19th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon,
On a miserable morning after heavy overnight rain, there were 16 Wheatears spread out over Baildon Golf Course. A 100 Wheatear have been recorded here since 20th April.
Paul King.

Thursday 17th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon
The Wheatear passage continues, with eight birds on the Golf Course this morning and a male Stonechat was seen, in the area, carrying food.
Paul King.

Wednesday continued

Barden Bridge - Spotted Flycatcher in wood downstream of bridge
Strid Woods - 2 Wood Warblers just to north of shelter on east bank. Also Garden Warbler
Coney Warren (Barden Fell) -  Spotted Flycatcher & Garden Warbler in Park Plantation.
2 Cuckoos – one watched for 10 minutes in trees very close to back road whilst other was calling in distance
John Flood
Graincliffe Reservoir area - this evening, Cuckoo
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon
On a bright, cool morning, there were seven Wheatears on the Golf Course, including a very bulky male, possibly of the Greenland race.  Over 70 Wheatear have passed through here since the 20th April.  Eight Golden Plover occupied a grassy area at the of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Tuesday continued

Cononley Ings - Oystercatcher 23, Redshank 5, Whimbrel 1, Shelduck 2
Strid Woods - Spotted Flycatcher 2.
Brian Vickers

roding woodcock over Idle Swing Bridge
G Phillips

Tuesday 15th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon
Four Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course on a cold, breezy morning. A Red Kite drifted over and a dozen Lapwings rose to shepherd it away.  Both Lapwings and Snipe are busily tending to chicks.
Paul King

Monday 14 May 2012

Bingley Moor - 5 Wheatear. Whitethroat calling close to Crossflatts Station.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 13 May 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 35 species this morning including Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat,
3 Blackcap, Reed Bunting, male Bullfinch, Swift plus Willow Warbler nest building.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday continued

Reva Hill area - 3 pair of Redshank, 6 Wheatear, 3 Oystercatcher plus 5 Golden Plover (all Northern Race), 11 Skylark, Willow Warbler. Lapwing & Snipe may have been affected by the recent cold & wet conditions. Only 30 Lapwing & a single Snipe counted. One Hare seen.
Shaun Radcliffe
Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 3 Garden Warbler singing and showing well, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiff-Chaff, 20 + Sand Martin some using nest holes, 4 young Coot, 6+ young Long-Tail Tits, 2 young Robin
Steve Parkes

12th May 2012

Whetstone area
5 Wheatears aroung Whetstone Gate this morning and 1 near the quarry.
Also a male Redstart in the dip just below the flat roofed house.
I Hargreaves
East Riddlesden Hall  Bird Walk 0700-0830
6+Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, Kingfisher,
Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Swifts, Swallows,
Sand Martin nests appear to have been flooded,
House Martin, Jay, female Goosander,
M Doveston, S Hollingdrake et al

Wednesday continued

Burley I W garden -pair of Bullfinches with a juv on Monday.

Checking back, this is our first record of a juv this early in the month…
David & Helen Kidman
Graincliffe Reservoir area - 11 Crossbill, Willow Warblers, Garden Warbler, pair of Siskin plus a Reed Bunting. Also a Green Hairstreak..
Shaun Radcliffe

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) Good numbers of warblers including 2 Garden Warblers showing well near Sailing Lake, 5 Blackcap, at least 6 Reed Warblers (at least 4 in reed beds, 1 in reeds before Conservation Lake and 1 in reeds in small pond near Sailing Lake), 4 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiff-Chaffs.
Also pair of Common Terns, pair of Redshank, 3 single Great Crested Grebes, one on each of lakes and 6 – 8 Reed Buntings, mostly males.
John Flood

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon,
Wheatear passage continues apace with 8 birds this morning and six yesterday (8th).  At close quarters, it was easy to see that two of the female birds had characteristics of the Greenland race leucorhoa.
Paul King.

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Low Wood area - singing Garden Warbler, Blackcaps, Chiif-Chaffs, pair of Stock Dove in owl box.
Glovershaw - 5 Wheatear. Off Sconce Lane - Whitethroat
Shaun Radcliffe
Over Ilkley Moor today, a male Wheatear, Heber Moss, two pair Wheatear, bottom of slope by Buck Stones.Also a  female Wheatear, & a male Whinchat, left of quarry at Whetstone Allotment.
Graham Forsyth

Monday 8 May 2012

Yesterday in the Skipton Area - Sedge Warblers, Blackcaps, Long Eared Owl, Reed Buntings
Strid Woods, - Garden Warbler, Redstart, Wood Warblers 3, Pied Flycatcher 4,Tawny Owl. Blackcaps
Today - Nab Water Lane, Wheatear 10, Whinchat 1.
Brian Vickers.
2 Little Owls seen this evening  - one at junction of Glovershaw Lane & Glen Road and second a few hundred yards away down Glovershaw Lane , both sat on overhead wires.

Howard Midgley

Monday 7th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon,
Three Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course along with eight Skylarks.  A pair of Linnets and two pairs of Reed Buntings were noted and the first Lapwing chicks are in the paddock at Golcar Farm. Snipe are continuing to display and six Golden Plover had settled at the end of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Goit Stock
4 Blackcap singing, 2 Chiffchaff singing,
2 pairs of Dipper, 2 pairs of Grey Wagtail

Redcar Tarn 15.00
30+Swallows, Sand Martin, Mute Swan,
Tufted Ducks, Oystercatcher, Lapwings
LBBGulls, 2+Common Gulls, BHGulls
M Doveston

Sunday continued

A Dawn Chorus walk around Raw Nook NR, Toad Holes Beck and Caldene Field
produced 21 singing or calling species including 5 Warbler Sp (2 phyllos and
3 sylvia including Lesser/Common throat).
A feeding Yellow Wagtail was found at Caldene Fields.
Martyn Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Bullfinch,
4 Redpoll but still no Garden or Sedge Warbler yet.
Fred Drake

Ilkley Moor - Cuckoo

Baildon Moor - Cuckoo

D Moore

6th May 2012

International Dawn Chorus Day

St.Ives 6am - 9am
Wood Warbler singing in Racecourse Plantation,
numerous Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff,
Green Woodpecker yaffling at Heather Park,
Redpoll, Bullfinch, Linnet, Nuthatches, Treecreepers

M Doveston et al

Saturday continued

Esholt Sewage Works - Many hundreds of hirundines over the filter beds (mainly Swallows, but also good numbers of House Martins, Swifts, and some Sand Martins). Also four Common Whitethroat, pair of Lapwing, Kestrel, and lots of Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, and Willow Warblers.
Casper Pottle

Addingham Moorside - Redstart, single Fieldfare, Willow Warbler
BOG Walk

Saturday 5th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon
Seven Wheatears on the Golf Course at 8 a.m.
Paul King

5th May 2012

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Common Sandpiper on R.Aire, 30+Sand Martin,
Swallows, Oystercatcher, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff,
Bullfinch, Siskin,

M Doveston

Friday 4th May 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon.
There were three Wheatears on the Golf Course (12th fareway), 20 Golden Plovers in small flocks on the Golcar Farm fields and three pairs of Grey Partridges in the same area.  A female Stonechat was close to the Glen Road.
Paul King.

Friday 4 May 2012

Street Lane, above Riddlesden - 130 Fieldfare ground feeding.
Bingley Moor - 2 Wheatear.
Shaun Radcliffe
Northcliffe - Lesser Whitethroat

Casper Pottle

Thursday 3 May 2012

Lesser Whitethroat at Raw Nook nature reserve in full song

Lesser Whitethroat at Toad Holes Beck in full song
Common Whitethroat at Toad Holes Beck
A Red Kite drifted low over Toad Holes Beck then moved off to the east
Wood Warbler at Caldene Fields in full song and showing very well
21 Swallow E + 4 S over Caldene Fields
Martyn Priestley
Strid Wood circuit, 10 Pied Flycatchers, 1Wood Warbler, 3 Redstart (including 2 on back road), 1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiff-Chaff
60+ flock of Siskin with odd Redpoll
Large numbers of hirundines –  Includes 100+ Sand Martin, 30+ Swallows ~8 Swifts, ~5 House Martins.
John Flood

Wednesday 2 May 2012

Burley Woodhead - Cuckoo
Peter & Margaret Riley

Silsden Ings - 20.00
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12+Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher,
Bar-headed Goose, Swallows

East Riddlesden Hall - 20.30
2 Swift hawking insects around trees

M Doveston

Monday 1 May 2012

Baildon Bank - Whitethroat
Margaret & Peter Riley